Consultant for a Feasibility Assessment on Digitization of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in South Sudan
Malteser International (MI) is the international humanitarian relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta. For over 60 years we provide relief and recovery for people during and following conflicts and disasters around the world. Christian values and humanitarian principles form the foundations of our work. In over 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we support people in need – regardless of their religion, origin or political convictions.
MI has been actively engaged in today’s geographic area of South Sudan since 1996. Our current programming focuses on Central Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal States. The main thematic sectors are Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Food & Nutrition Security / Livelihoods (FNSL) and Health & Wellbeing, while always considering the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus and the importance of social cohesion for a sustainable impact of our interventions. The other important pillars of our engagement is market-based programming and multi-purpose cash assistance. To further improve and develop this approach, this Consultancy aims at exploring opportunities to digitize the process of CVA.
Through its Emergency Program Africa, MI has been providing unconditional cash assistance on a regular basis to support vulnerable householdsin Western Bahr el Ghazal, but also as a means of one-off support during emergencies in Central Equatoria. The current process follows a mixed approach, using software (Kobo), paperwork and hard cash (in envelope). The development and deployment of new cash-based interventions can therefore require extensive effort, making the process lengthy and time-consuming while applying the existing system. However, the weak digital infrastructure in South Sudan requires solutions that are tailored to the context, making digital solutions from other countries challenging to emulate. In the framework of this Consultancy, MI pursues a holistic understanding of digitizing CVA encompassing all steps of the cash intervention. Rather than focusing solely on the digitization of the distribution stage through, for instance, the provision of digital money, the goal is to assess all project stages for potential of digitization, including project planning, identification, registration and verification of target groups, monitoring and evaluation, analysis, and accountability to affected people. The purpose of this feasibility study is to assess opportunities and added value of digitizing (parts of) MI’s existing CVA interventions. The assessment should be guided by the following main question: How feasible and recommendable is a (partial) digitization of MI’s CVA programming in South Sudan?
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